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Olaus Jeldness statue arrives in Rossland from China

The 4-meter high statue of Norwegian ski pioneer Olaus Jeldness being unwrapped in Rossland on Nov.8, 2012 (Contributed by: Roly Worsfold)
People in Rossland, B.C., think of Olaus Jeldness as the father of skiing at Red Mountain.

But when he arrived back in the 1890's, there was no ski hill, no chair lift and no apres ski, and Olaus was one of the people who helped make the hill and the community what it is today.

Now, the Spirit of Red Social Club Society wants everyone to know what he did, and have commissioned a 4-meter tall bronze statue of the pioneering Norwegian.

It's fresh off the boat from China, and will be installed at the intersection of Columbia and Washington Streets, in front of the old Bank of Montreal building in Rossland.

To understand more, Daybreak host Chris Walker spoke with the president of the Spirit of Red Social Club, Roly Worsfold.

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